Friday, November 25, 2011

Santa's Coming to Town in Big Bear

Hey, don't forget the tree lighting in the village this evening. We love this annual event, it's a great experience for the family. The kids will love to welcome Santa as he makes his grand entrance.

Festivities begin around 4:30 pm.

See you there.....

Christmas Boutique in Big Bear

Well, Thanksgiving dinner was great! We had all the trimmings and we also got some nice recipes to try from this blog.
Today we are going to head out the the Big Bear Convention Center to start our Christmas shopping at the Christmas Boutique. We look forward each year to this event as we have made some great purchases in years past. It's also an opportunity to get some very unique items that you just don't see everyday as merchants from all over the country come to sell their special items.

See you are the center, shop til you drop! For more info on the Christmas Boutique look at our events calendar.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving Messages

We wish to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of our loyal guests who allow us the pleasure of extending our warmest hospitality time and again!

We are truly blessed and thank you for making Gold Rush Resort Rentals your home away from home in Big Bear!

Happy Thanksgiving to All......
The Team at Gold Rush Resort Rentals

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The Best Things in Life Are Free

When we count our many blessings;
It isn't hard to see that life's most valued
treasures are the treasures that are free.
For it isn't what we own or buy
that signifies our wealth.
It's the special gifts that have no price:
our family, friends and health.

~Author Unknown

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The World's Best Candied Yams for Thanksgiving Dinner

This is recipe is really simple to make but they are the best candied yams you'll ever eat!

Fresh Yams (decide how many servings you need, 1 yam can be 2 generous portions of cut into quarters)
Butter (the amount depends upon how much candied sauce you want)
Box of Brown Sugar (this too depends upon how much sauce you need)

That's it, can you believe there are only 3 ingredients to the best candied yams you'll ever eat?

Cook your yams:
Now, you need to fill a large dutch oven with water and put your fresh yams inside, bring to a light boil and cook until the yams are soft.
Drain and remove yams from the water. Let the yams cool so that you can work with them.
Peel Yams and cut into whatever size portions you want, place them in a 13X9 dish

 Make the candy sauce:
Depending upon how many yams you will need to cover with sauce, each batch of sauce is one whole cube of butter melted with one whole box of light brown sugar. Melt the two together, then pour over the yams.

Bake Candied Yams:
Once all the yams are covered generously with the sauce you will need to cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for approximately 1 hour.

Let stand so that the sauce thickens, serve warm.

Monday, November 21, 2011

About Bear Mountain Ski Resort

If you are a snowboarder, this is the place for you. Looking for Spring break in the middle of winter? Well, this is it. Bear Mountain is definitely the place for young snowboards or the young at heart. 

Many if not most of the runs feature rails and jumps specifically designed for boarders. A huge half-pipe is right at the bottom of the main run as well as Southern Californias Super pipe!

The lodge has a party atmosphere, hence adding to the spring break feel. There is also a viewing deck to take in all the action from.

For more information call Bear Mountain at 909-585-2519 

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Roasting a Turkey for Thanksgiving in Big Bear

For all of you who are not sure on how to properly roast your turkeys, here are simple instructions I found from Foster Farms. Also included is the adjustment for high altitude roasting at the bottom.

Roasting Turkey

One of the best roasting methods is also the simplest.


  • Remove wrapper from turkey. Release legs from oven-safe nylon leg clamps; pull neck and giblets from cavities. Rinse turkey inside and out with cold water. Pat dry.
  • If using stuffing, fill cavities lightly with the mixture - don't press it in! Stuffing expands as it cooks.
  • Skewer cavity openings to secure stuffing. Tie legs together or return to oven-safe nylon leg clamps; twist wing tips under the back.


  • Place turkey, breast up, on a rack in shallow roasting pan at least 2" deep. Heat oven to 325°F.
  • Brush turkey with vegetable oil, melted butter, or margarine to prevent drying. Insert meat thermometer into thickest part of inner thigh, not touching the bone.
  • Cover turkey loosely with a tent of aluminum foil to prevent splattering and over browning. For additional browning, uncover turkey for the last half hour of roasting.
  • Roast at 325°F using the roasting timetable as a guideline. The turkey is cooked when the meat thermometer reads 180-185°F at the thigh, or 170-175°F at the breast, and center of stuffing reaches at least 165°F. The drumstick should twist easily in its socket, and juices should run clear, with no traces of pink when pierced with a fork.
  • For easy slicing, let turkey stand 20 minutes after removing from oven.

Turkey Roasting Timetable

Roasting times will vary due to oven type, oven temperature and temperature of turkey before roasting. Begin checking turkey for doneness about one hour before end of recommended cooking time.

8 - 12 lbs.2 3/4 - 3 hours3 - 3 1/2 hours
12 - 14 lbs.3 - 3 3/4 hours3 1/2 - 4 hours
14 - 18 lbs.3 3/4 - 4 1/4 hours4 - 4 1/4 hours
18 - 20 lbs.4 1/4 - 4 1/2 hours4 1/4 - 4 3/4 hours
20 - 24 lbs.4 1/2 - 5 hours4 3/4 - 5 1/4 hours
Whole Breasts4 - 6 lbs.1 1/2 - 2 1/4 hours
Whole Breasts6 - 8 lbs.2 1/2 - 3 1/4 hours
Breast Halves4 lbs.1 1/2 - 1 3/4 hours
Drumsticks3 lbs.1 1/2 - 1 3/4 hours
Thighs4 lbs.1 1/2 - 1 3/4 hours
Wings4 lbs.1 1/4 - 1 1/2 hours

High Altitude Roasting

At altitudes of 5000+ feet, add approximately 5-10 minutes per pound to recommended "Turkey Roasting Timetable @ 325°F." Use a meat thermometer to verify doneness. The thermometer should read 180-185°F in the thickest part of thigh (not touching bone) for whole turkey, or 170-175°F. in the thickest part of the breast for turkey breast.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Bobsledding in Big Bear

Are you ever been on a bobsled ride?  Do you think you'd have to travel to Europe for the chance? No, we're not talking about the bobsleds at Disneyland! We're talking about our very own bobsleds in Big Bear Lake.

Open year round, the Alpine Slide at Magic Mountain is in the San Bernardino Mountains and only a 2 hour drive from Los Angeles. We're very proud to have the only authentic bobsled experience in Southern California.

Your experience begins with a beautifully scenic ride on the chairlift to the top. Once there your ride begins. You have your choice of two tracks, each approximately a quarter mile in length. You control your bobsled to go as fast or slow as you wish.  The journey has lengthy straightways and high-banked turns meant to give riders an exhilarating experience.

There is a lodge at the bottom where parents are able to relax and watch riders as they come down the tracks. Also at the lodge are snacks and arcade games.

Tickets can be purchased in singles, multiples, or an all day pass.

Contact the Alpine Slide 

Friday, November 18, 2011

Send us your Big Bear Thanksgiving Story and Pictures

We'd love to receive your story of your Thanksgiving spent in one of our cabins. We never tire of hearing about how our guest enjoyed their stay.

Send us your story and pictures to post on our website and/or within our blog.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

It's Beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Big Bear

On Friday, November 25th, the Christmas and holiday boutique at the convention center will begin. This event kicks off the official holiday shopping season in Big Bear.

The Village merchants have been preparing for the annual tree lighting ceremony and Santa Claus' grand entrance into Big Bear.

With the many variety of shops throughout the village, there's no shortage of interesting items to choose from when making your holiday purchases. Make sure to take some time to browse and shop til you drop!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Enjoying the lake while watching skiers at the same time

These weeks are crucial for getting all you can from the lake. The ski resort is open and the lake will be untill Thanksgiving is over. I normally miss the lake in the winter and the slopes in the summer. Kind of cool always having something to do all year round here, especially when those activities overlap lol. We can never have too much fun ;)

What's the difference between stuffing and dressing?

How many of you know the difference between dressing and stuffing? Ok, Ok, dressing is cooked outside the turkey and stuffing is cooked within the turkey! 

Turkey Dressing.....

Turkey Stuffing.......

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Infusion Roasting Your Turkey

Here's something even I haven't heard of before now! This is infusion roasting, reputed to be a faster way to roast your turkey in half the time it typically takes, without drying the turkey out.

The infusion roaster infuses the turkey with hot liquid from the inside, so the bird cooks faster and comes out of the oven moist and delicious. Simple to use.

Big Bear Snow Play open for Business

That's right, all you looking for early snow fun it's here in Big Bear. With our nightly temperatures dipping pretty chilly and the dry air, it is the perfect recipe for the snow guns at Big Bear Snow Play slopes to make their own white stuff!

With the largest inner tubing runs in Southern California and their Magic Carpet ride to the top, tubers are guaranteed to have the time of their lives.

There are two snow play slope areas within Big Bear,

Big Bear Snow Play is on Big Bear Boulevard just west of Division Drive. For more information, call 909-585-0075.

Alpine Slide is one-quarter mile west of the Village area of Big Bear Lake on Big Bear Boulevard. For more information, call 909-866-4626.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Thanksgiving Cabins in Big Bear Lake

Well, there's no time like the present to pick up the phone and make your choice on one of our wonderfully appointed Big Bear cabins for your Thanksgiving holiday.

Make this time even more special by spending it in a charming cabin or luxury home in the mountains. Only two hours from Los Angeles, Big Bear Lake is worlds apart from the typical weather and environment off the hill. Time seems to take on a different measure when one enters the San Bernardino Mountains. Its beauty and majesty takes your breath away and you ask yourself why you haven't visited more often.

As Thanksgiving approaches, it is the perfect time for all of us to pause and reflect on all the reasons we should be thankful for. 

Blessings to all.......

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Gobble Up Some Thanksgiving Savings On Cabin Rates For The Holiday

It's not too late to reserve a Big Bear cabin for Thanksgiving.........

Yes, we know times are tough for many of us and we want to help those who might not otherwise be able to come and enjoy our wonderful Big Bear Valley this Thanksgiving holiday.

All of us have much to be thankful for and we want our guests to know we really do appreciate and value their patronage. In honor of the holiday we've discounted some of our remaining available cabins and are also allowing for a two night stay. Browse our website and find the Thanksgiving special that works best for you.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

The Winter Season Officially Begins In Big Bear!

Did you know that the Snow Summit Ski Resort in Big Bear Lake was where the history of the first snow making began for producing man made snow at any ski resort? Well, that’s a fact!  Last weekend we had some natural snow fall, that , along with Bear Mountain producing a base of approximately two feet of snow made it possible for the Bear to open  and shortly thereafter, Snow Summit opened as well. That makes it official!  The 2011 winter season has begun!

All indicators are predicting an awesome winter season with favorable possibilities of more snow coming soon and consistently through February.  When you are traveling to Big Bear, don’t forget to layer your clothes as the weather is much cooler in altitude. You’ll need hats and gloves and a good jacket. Since traffic delays can be a problem at times, we highly recommend bringing drinking water and snacks just in case of a long delay. It’s also a good idea to bring a small shovel, a mat, and definitely tire chains. Never drive the mountain without chains for your  tires as they will turn you back if you do not have them.  There will be attendants to help you put on your chains at certain key points.

Friday, November 11, 2011

How about cooking Turkey Legs? If the whole bird is too much try something different!

Believe this or not, I am amazed at how many women are intimidated about their ability to roast a whole turkey. Well, if you are one of the many who feel the same way, try cooking just the turkey legs.

This is a great recipe to cook at the cabin as it is suppose to cook over 3 hours or so to get the best results. That's just perfect to pop it in the oven and go out and enjoy some holiday shopping in the village, inner tube on the snow play hills at Magic Mountain, or hit the slopes at Summit.

Gobble Gobble Gobble.......

Thursday, November 10, 2011

For the Moistest Turkey Ever - Brine Your Bird - Look Here for Instructions

Have you ever heard of brining a turkey? Well, after brining you will never go back to traditional oven roasting the bird without brining first.

There are many different brine recipes, but here is a video on the process as well as a brine recipe.

Believe me, this is one bird that guests will gobble up before you can finish saying, "Happy Thanksgiving"!

Winter is Coming - Start Getting Ready For Snow!

The weather is changing,start planning a weekend getaway. Big Bear Lake provides one of the few places in Southern California where you can experience a bona fide winter with spectacular snow fall.

Get out and explore the back country on Big Bear hiking trails, go skiing or treat yourself to our local spas.

We have shops and restaurants for you to enjoy as well. Many people choose Big Bear Lake for the array of winter-related recreation activities that appeal to all ages and skill levels, including snowshoeing, downhill inner tubing, sledding, and horseback riding.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Don't forget to bring the necessities for Thanksgiving!

When you're renting a cabin for Thanksgiving or any holiday, planning ahead is essential and is the best advice and the first step to an awesome holiday dinner. The extra effort here will be worth it when the family sits down to a well prepared meal from your kitchen away from home.

If you're planning to cook your holiday meal at the rental cabin, be sure to bring all the specialty cook and bake ware you know you need in order to carry out the task.

Although the cabins on our program offer a kitchen, each kitchens equipment is geared toward each owner. We highly encourage all the chefs to bring the necessary specialty items needed to ensure your Thanksgiving master piece is what it should be. Items to consider on your list, an electric hand mixer, electric carving knife, turkey baster, foil roasting pan (for easy clean up), pie tins for baking delicious pumpkin harvest pies, cheese cake pan, cassarole dishes, cookie trays, muffin tins, etc.

Our local markets in Big Bear have everything you need so you can buy your groceries on the hill. We have a Von's and Staters markets besides convenience markets scattered throughout the community. Vons service deli is awesome and you can order prepared trays or items in addition to the ones you are preparing making your time spent in the kitchen a breeze.

Don't forget your spices, plastic wraps, foil, as well as other seasonings etc.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Make Your Thanksgiving Reservations Now!

Thanksgiving and the weekend after is the most popular in Big Bear. There's so much going on to enjoy!

We are offering some excellent recessionary discounts to "stimulate" rentals in our cabins. Enjoying Big Bear while staying in a cabin makes for a very special holiday. There's nothing like sharing some peaceful time during the evening with special friends and family over a wonderfully scrumptious holiday meal.

Gobble up some savings on typical holiday rates and book your cabin today and get ready for an explosion of holiday festivities in Big Bear that weekend. We have a Christmas Boutique at the Big Bear Convention Center as well as Christmas in the Village that includes our Tree lighting ceremonies and Santa's grand entrance to Big Bear.

If you can't spend the holiday in one of our cabins, then come on up on Friday and spend the weekend.

We are ready and waiting to welcome you for a great holiday stay! 

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Wonderful Snowfall!!!!

It's like the neighborhood children can hear the snow coming. They are standing there with sleds in hand, watching the flakes descend to the ground. Everyone finds enjoyment in the seasons we have in the mountains; I was shoveling my driveway and saw the sleds having a blast through berms and jumps so i decided to join the fun. Sitting on one's spade and putting feet in the air as you slide down a hill doesn't sound as fun as it is!!!! Funny how I looked around to see if my neighbors saw me in embarrassment and now I'm posting this for the world to see, hmmmm. Whats your favorite winter activity.....

Help for Those who are Intimidated by Roasting the Holiday Turkey!

Roasting a turkey is very easy, so easy that it surprises me at how many women have never even tried and say they've never tried it.

Gee, what do these families eat at Thanksgiving?  Ham????

Anyway, in my opinion, since November is the official month of the turkey and all the trimmings, I've decided to share some recipes and ideas on how to make your turkey holiday a little less stressful. The first thing one must prepare to do is relax and take a deep breath, breeth in through your nose and out through your mouth.

By the end of the month, or Thanksgiving, whichever comes, we are sure you will decide to try cooking a bird for the first time or try cooking a bird a little different from what you've done in the past.

Those of you who are unafraid of cooking turkey, we would love for you to share your favorite recipes. It is equally amazing to hear about the different techniques used to ensure a moist turkey and beautifully browned skin.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Fresh Snow In Big Bear - It's Time to Make the Perfect Snowman!

Yesterday we got a nice amount of freshly fallen snow. In honor of its falling, we think its appropriate to talk about our friend that we only see this special time of year! 

The endearing Snowman! The winter season in Big Bear brings many seasonal favorites. It's fun exploring Big Bear and looking at the variety of snowmen, snowwomen, snowkids, etc. You see all kinds.

I think it would be fun to have a contest to see who can make the most creative snow person this season.

You'd be surprised at the amount of snow needed on the ground isn't very much to make a great snowman.

Below we've added instructions on how to make a snowman and a video we found that will make it easy for anyone to build the perfect snowman.

Here's some tips on how to make your own snowman.

1. Test to see if you have 'packing snow,' which clumps together easily and isn't too wet. The snow must pack to make a snowman.

2. Shape a handful of snow into a ball. Continue adding more snow and packing the ball until it's too large to hold.

3. Place the ball on the snow in front of you and slowly roll it away from you. As more snow accumulates on the outside of your ball, pack the snow by pressing on it with your gloved hands.

4. Roll and pack the ball over and over until it is the size you want for the bottom of the snowman's

5. Repeat for the midsection and head. The bottom should be the biggest ball, and the top should be the smallest.

6. Pack some extra snow between the layers to make them stick together. Place sticks down the center where the sections meet if your snowman is having trouble standing erect.

7. Give the snowman a face. Use coal, rocks, buttons or anything dark and round for the eyes. A horizontal stick or twig will make a good mouth, and a carrot is fine for the pointy nose. If you don't have a carrot, a banana or a candy cane will do the job.

8. Cover the top of his head with an old plant for hair, or give him a knit hat to wear. Top hats will blow away unless secured.

9. Add arms, legs and other accessories. Push sticks into the sides of the middle section and hang old mittens on the ends.

Tips & Warnings
·         If you're having a hard time rolling and packing the snow into sections, try using buckets. Find three that are of descending size and pack them with snow, then upend them, dumping the snow from one bucket on top of the other.
·         You can spray your snowman with colored water to add rosy cheeks. Make your snowman multiple colors by using varied colors of water.
·         Your snowman's days are numbered, so take plenty of pictures

How to Build Base of Snowman -- powered by ehow

Friday, November 4, 2011

Snow, snow, and......SNOW!!!!!

Thank you very much to those that crossed their fingers for me yesterday. We have snow falling like little snowflakes raining from the heavens. Makes all the normal daily activities more enjoyable like; drinking coffee, making muffins, and sitting by the fire (which we are all doing at the Gold Rush office right now!!!) We wish you could come join us soon.....
Give me a call and I will help you arrange your plans to enjoy the snow with us.
(866) 372-2246 Mike Flaherty

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Windy Tales...

The clouds are coming in quite fast today, making the chance of snow fall higher YAY!!!! with winds of 30 mph + anything is possible. Maybe if we all cross our fingers we can make the snow come lol
Sunday shows that we will have something promising. We shall see.....
54°F | °C
Scattered Snow ShowersSnow ShowersSunnyRain and Snow

Wind: SW at 31 mph

Humidity: 23%60°26°41°18°43°20°44°19°

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Anticipating snow :)

The smell is in the air for snow, maybe it's just me but I feel the snow coming. I waxed my ski's yesterday and retrieved my gear from the 'winter closet' (really just my deep closet space that everything gets lost at, lol) and made sure I was ready for winter because winter is ready for us!!! The ski resorts are starting to prepare for the upcoming snow fall and temperature by staffing and it excites me. I cant wait!!!!!!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

What an Awesome Halloween in Big Bear Lake

We spent our Halloween night in the Village, with most of the valley’s trick or treaters! What a wonderfully spooky time we had!

But, first we stopped by the last and final day of the Oktoberfest for a costume contest! What fun was had by all, there were prizes handed out for costumes as well as some treats. We had a great time and got a prize for participating! Then off to the village for some extra treats!

We saw some great costumes, and got even better candy! We even caught an awesome Christian band Witness, who performed at the Skeleton Key!

We met up with lots of friends, and couldn’t seem to even recognize a few! All in all it was a great Halloween night!

Hope everyone had a safe and happy Halloween!